Today it’s my pleasure to take part in another Book Launch. I’d like to introduce you to Cathrina Constantine’s new novel Don’t Forget to Breathe.
Blurb for Don’t Forget to Breathe by Cathrina Constantin:
Sixteen-year-old Leocadia arrives home from school to find her mom’s bloody body. Unaware that the killer still lingers, she rushes to her mother’s side, only to be grabbed from behind and then everything fades to black.
After a year of retrograde amnesia and battling personal demons, Leo’s dreams are getting worse—she’s starting to remember. More bodies are discovered and they seem to be oddly linked to her mom’s unsolved homicide.
When Leo allows her friend, Henry to drag her into the haunted Lucien Mansion, misty ghosts appear, ghosts that just might lead to her mother’s murderer.
Will Leo let her memories threaten her into a relapse or, will she fight to find her mother’s killer – only to become his next victim?
Cathrina Constantine resides in Western New York with her husband, five children, two Labrador Retrievers and two cats. Author @BlackOpalBooks & @CHBB_Vamptasy.
Her current books: WICKEDLY THEY COME, WICKEDLY THEY DREAM, TALLAS, And her newest novel from @CHHB_Vamptasy DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE.
When not with her family or stationed at the computer writing, you will find her walking in the backwoods with her dogs, conjuring up a new tale.
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My Review of Don’t Forget to Breathe by Cathrina Constantine (4 Stars)
Finding your mother’s dead body, and realizing you saw and heard her murderer, although you can’t remember anything, is enough to devastate anyone, but especially our young heroine, Leocadia, who has grown into a confused and traumatized adolescent.
In addition, her father’s neglectful attitude to parenting (he obviously has his own problems), and her lack of any supportive adults, leads her to make some questionable decisions which will put her in danger, and even face to face with her mother’s killer.
She learns the hard way that her parents were not the ideal people she had envisaged in her childhood, and also comes across some destructive characters at her school, although fortunately she has some caring friends, too.
I had a hard time understanding the things Leo did, and how she coped, wanting to shout at her too many times! On the other hand, I really cared and worried about her and wanted to know what would happen.
This novel is well-written, engaging and exciting, and there are some suspenseful moments when everyone seems guilty of her mother’s murder. There are also some spine-tingling scenes in the cemetery and a haunted house.
I don’t usually read YA novels, in fact, this is the first one I’ve read in a long time. I felt sorry for the young people for seemingly not having much support or understanding from their elders. As an adult, I would have liked to have been able to identify or sympathise with an adult character.
On the other hand, the characters and events are convincingly portrayed, it’s entertaining, exciting, and has some paranormal and gripping moments, and I’m sure young adults will identify with Leo’s issues and enjoy this novel.